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I have a gardening book that gives a month by month account of what jobs to do and what plants to buy throughout the year. I also have Alan Titchmarshes books which are very good for novices.
Thompson and Morgan and good for plants and have lots of excellent advice.
Then I started thinking “that’s a bit big/out of control”, looked up said plant and hacked it back. Then I thought a pruning book might be handy so I got that. Then I thought a couple of pots out the front might be nice. Then I started growing the odd veg plant in a pot....
My gardening and garden has evolved over time. I don’t do “proper” planning or landscaping - my garden is limited in what I can do anyway. Trial and error over a few years, hoiking things out, putting things in, getting in wrong, trying again.
It’s never going to be a show garden but it makes me happy and I love pothering out there which is the most important thing to me.
The only normal people you know are the ones you don’t know very well
I took over an established garden in my old house so I learned what my garden orientation was and then strived to understand what was already in place - maples, elephants ears, clematis, Mexican orange blossom, laurel, smoke bush, camellia, ferns, spring bulbs, laburnum, maple trees, rhododendron, peony, red hot pokers......to name but a few! I had almost 20 years of joy looking after that garden with quite a few blunders along the way.
I tended to buy from cheap supermarkets as my budget didn't allow for any huge expense!
I moved last year and I brought loads of pots with me which by then included self seeded Rowan and silver birch. I have had to "re-orient" my gardening to suit my new garden but it is taking shape nicely.
Good luck with it all, how exciting for you